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Museum Shoko Shuseikan (尚古集成館)

 0992471511  Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9698-1

This is a museum adjacent to Sengan-en. The collection hall is a group of factories that the Satsuma lord Shimazu Nariakira built for industrial development at the end of the Tokugawa period. The museum building was originally completed in 1865 as a machine factory. Currently it is utilized as a place to communicate the history of industrialization of the Shimazu family and Satsuma clan. In addition to the buildings, some of the exhibits are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties.


open everyday
[Admission fee] Adults 1000 yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students 500 yen (in common with the scenic spots Sengokuen)
Parking Lot
Available (500 spaces, bus 50 spaces)
Credit Card
Not available

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Review of Shoko Shuseikan

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Reviewed:2018/05/16 First Western-style Factory in Japan
Established by Lord Shimazu in 1852 to produce armaments, glass, ceramics and farm tools, this was Japan's first Western-style factory. It's now a museum detailing the 700 year Shimazu family...
Reviewed:2018/02/01 The displays gave us some insight on Satsuma under the rule of the Shimazu Family.
It is helpful to have some background history when visiting this Museum. The Tokugawa shogunate adopted an isolation policy from the 16th century. Japan closed its ports to foreigners with the...
Reviewed:2017/11/22 Interesting displays
If machinery and its history is your thing you will love this museum. I had a look at the display and read all the English signage which was most helpful. It makes for an enjoyable stop after exiting...
Reviewed:2016/12/31 Get to know more about history of 島津家
There is both clear English and Japanese illustration in the museum. During the era near the Muji Reform, it clearly illustrated how a 藩主 should survive in the era of changes.
Reviewed:2016/07/05 Museum of ancient machinery
Shoko Shuseikan used to be a factory of Satsuma Domain, and now it is transformed to a nice museum. Because I do not have much interest in machinery, I just took a look briefly. If you like...

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